Three police officers of Station 10 in Bacolod City were recommended for relief by their commander yesterday, for their alleged link to a firearm recovered in the car of a known member of a drug group, who allegedly abducted two “drug pushers”, Saturday.
Chief Insp. Ritchie Gohee, Station 10 commander, yesterday identified them as Police Officer 3 Joel Gacho, Senior Police Officer 1 Cheryl Gemina, and PO3 Eugene Tamayo.
Joem Villacojer, 28, and Roselyn Destua, 26, of Barangay 1 in Bacolod City were reportedly abducted by a suspect later identified as Ricky Serenio, of Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod, and his female companion on board a gray Hyundai Accent car, at 16th-Lacson streets about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a police report said.
Chief Insp. Benedicto Villarias, Police Station 2 commander, said the victims alleged that Serenio handcuffed, hit and threatened them with a gun.
One of the victims grabbed the gun from Serenio and as they were grappling, it went off hitting the windshield. The suspects then left the car and fled, police records show.
Villacojer drove the vehicle to Police Station 2 and turned over a Glock pistol with serial number PNP 1599 with a magazine loaded with four live ammunition and a handcuff with serial number 0695, the police said.
Also recovered from the vehicle were the PhilHealth identification card of Serenio and assorted ATM cards, police records show.
Gohee said Gacho admitted to him during the investigation that he pawned the gun after an inspection on August 10 with the help of Gemina. The name of Tamayo also surfaced during the investigation, the station commander said.
However, Gohee said that Gemina and Tamayo have not reported to him even after he gave them an ultimatum Saturday to present themselves and their issued firearms.
Gohee added that Gacho had pawned the firearm for P15,000, based on their investigation.
Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, Bacolod City Police Office acting director, said those who pawn a firearm issued by the government will face corresponding administrative and criminal charges.*SGG
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